Mumbai: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Tuesday that the Maharashtra government has set up a task force to manage the distribution and vaccination of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state.
According to an official statement, Thackeray made this remark during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chief Ministers of eight states through video conferencing, citing a high number of COVID-19 cases.
The Chief Ministers’ Office (CMO) later tweeted that Thackeray also told Modi about the various steps taken by the Maharashtra government to stop the spread of novel coronaviruses in the state.
“A task force has been set up to manage the distribution and vaccination in Maharashtra and the government is in constant touch with Adar Poonawalla of the Serum Institute of India to track the development of the coronavirus vaccine,” the statement said quoting Thackeray.
A task force has been set up to manage distribution and vaccination in Maharashtra and the government is in constant touch with Adar Poonawalla of the Serum Institute of India to track development of the coronavirus vaccine. pic.twitter.com/DJfGKAfsJJ
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) November 24, 2020
Poonawala is the CEO of Serum Institute of India, which has partnered with AstraZeneca to manufacture the Oxford vaccine for COVID-19.
Five vaccine candidates are in advanced stages of development in India, four of which are in Phase II/III and one in Phase I/II trials
Till Monday, Maharashtra reported 17,84,361 COVID-19 cases and 46,653 deaths due to the disease, as per the state health department.